ka·​bo·​cha | \ kə-ˈbō-chə How to pronounce kabocha (audio) \
variants: or kabocha squash or kabocha pumpkin or less commonly kobocha or kobocha squash or kobocha pumpkin

Definition of kabocha

: a winter squash (Curcubita maxima) of Japanese origin that is round with somewhat flattened top and bottom, typically dark green skin usually streaked or mottled with pale green, and yellowish-orange sweet flesh Scoop the squash from its rind. There's no need to be too careful; kabocha squash skin is thin and easily eaten.The Chicago Daily Herald Kabochas make a lovely table decoration until they're cooked.The Grand Rapids Herald Review If you don't have access to kabocha pumpkin, which can be found at the State Farmers Market, it can be substituted for butternut squash or canned pumpkin puree …— Brigid Washington

called also Japanese pumpkin

First Known Use of kabocha

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kabocha

borrowed from Japanese, "kabocha squash, pumpkin"

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“Kabocha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kabocha. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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